Traveling is tiring. Having been on the road for an entire month now, I’m speaking from experience. Even when you try to rest and take it easy, there’s just something about travel that takes a lot out of you – both physically and mentally. That lack of mental energy often results in not having the capacity to think much (or at all) about putting something solid together to wear. That’s why it’s important to pack smart and stick to the basics. Here’s a look from when Rob and I were out and about in Minneapolis.

Navy Classics - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | J.Crew blazer and pants, Al Bazar shirt, Brooks Brothers Black Fleece tie, Nordstrom pocket square, Giles and Brother cuff, Timex watch, Wingtips c/o Johnston and Murphy | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Blazers and trousers do not have to be the same exact color. That’s called a suit. When pairing items of the same color but different shades, you can distinguish that you’ve done it purposefully by adding in a subtle pattern. The light windowpane and slightly lighter blue of my blazer provides just enough contrast.

We’ve been getting some requests for a post on shirt collar styles. Look for that in the next month or two. In the meantime, besides this great button-down, I’ve been favoring the cutaway collars of my Al Bazar shirts. A cutaway collar is not for everyone. It’s a statement maker and a “tell” for gentlemen who have a passion for menswear. A cutaway collar works best for guys with narrow faces.

Navy Classics - He Spoke Style

Navy Classics - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style


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